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Gotye's 'Somebody That I Used To Know' gets used to the Billboard Hot 100 summit

What record did the song set this week?

Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” featuring Kimbra can definitely claim rights to the hit of Spring 2012 as it spends its fifth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Not only that, it becomes the first song to ever top the Billboard’s Hot 100, Alternative Songs, Dance/Club Play Songs and Dance/Mix Show Airplay.  This week marks its 10th atop the Alternative Songs chart, making “Somebody” the longest reign at No. 1 on that chart by a solo artist in the chart’s 23-year history, according to Billboard.

For the last few weeks, the top 3 of the Billboard Hot 100 have remained static: fun.s’ “We Are Young” featuring Janelle Monae stays at No. 2 and Maroon 5’s “Payphone” featuring Wiz Khalifa hangs out at No. 3.
Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” continues its slow ascent, gaining one spot to No. 4. A number of other titles also creep up one: Flo Rida’s “Wild Ones” featuring Sia rises to No. 5 and Nicki Minaj’s “Starships” lifts to No. 9.

In the rest of the Top 10: The Wanted’s “Glad You Came” falls from No. 4-No. 6 and Justin Bieber’s “Girlfriend” drops from No. 7 to No. 8. One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” stays at No. 9, while Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger” holds at No. 10.

There are no new entries into the Top 10 this week: the highest debut, B.o.B.’s “Both of Us” featuring Taylor Swift, bows at No. 18.

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<p>The Incredible Hulk is all out of bubble gum.</p>

The Incredible Hulk is all out of bubble gum.

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Tech Support: See (or hear) how Lou Ferrigno lives on as part of the Hulk in 'The Avengers'

The Soundworks Collection's latest profile reveals the film's aural design

I caught "The Avengers" for a second time earlier this week. It's still a barrel of fun but don't try to think about that script too much. It shatters under modest consideration. And I felt the length a bit more this time around. Nevertheless, I still love the movie.

Something I was paying particular attention to this time, though, was the sound elements. The only Marvel Studios film to grab a nomination in the sound categories so far was "Iron Man," which got in for Best Sound Editing in 2008. But with Oscar-winners like Christopher Boyes and Lora Hirschberg on board, I wonder if the team-up actioner can find its way to one or both fields this year.

For a film as busy visually as this one is, it's a big accomplishment that it's so delicately balanced aurally, yet so dynamic on the editorial side of things. Boyes, who was interviewed for the SoundWork's Collection's latest sound profile on the film, worked on the "Iron Man" films, so he had some things in place for "The Avengers." And naturally he brought in elements provided by the teams of Richard King ("Thor") and Stephen Hunter Flick ("Captain America: The First Avenger") to "honor the original signature sounds, which was Marvel's desire," he says.

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<p>Dan Byrd and Busy Philipps in &quot;Cougar Town.&quot;</p>

Dan Byrd and Busy Philipps in "Cougar Town."

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'Cougar Town' - 'Down South': The okay storm

Durring a hurricane, Travis tries a move on Laurie and Grayson searches for a new catchphrase

A review of last night's "Cougar Town" coming up just as soon as I kill you with mustache clues...

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<p>Ben Affleck and Bryan Cranston in a scene in the new thriller &quot;Argo.&quot;&nbsp;</p>

Ben Affleck and Bryan Cranston in a scene in the new thriller "Argo." 

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Watch: Ben Affleck and Bryan Cranston at the center of new 'Argo' trailer

Is the true story a true awards season player?

After Sundance bailed on providing any true awards season contenders besides John Hawkes in "The Surrogate" and an Indie Spirit Awards player in "Beasts of the Southern Wild," the focus has shifted to la croisette and the annual Festival de Cannes next week. And while there are many potential players in the mix it still feels like we'll be waiting for Venice, Telluride and Toronto to get a true sense of the early field.  So, almost on cue  (but more aptly timed to the release of "Dark Shadows" Friday), Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for Ben Affleck's "Argo."

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<p>Terrible things have happened in this room.&nbsp; Terrible, terrible things.</p>

Terrible things have happened in this room.  Terrible, terrible things.

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Review: 'Dark Shadows' benefits from Burton and Depp in a playful mood

This one's just plain silly and better for it

I have a weird relationship with Tim Burton's movies.

Fitting, I guess, since he's such a particular filmmaker.  And this is going to be one of those reviews where you read it and you look at the letter grade and you say, "Are you sure those match?"

When "Alice In Wonderland" came out a few years ago, I found myself getting actively angry at almost everything about the film.  I hated the script.  I hated the way they bent Lewis Carroll's work.  I hated the performance choices.  Nothing about it worked for me, and beyond that, it irritated me.  That film, of course, made well over a billion dollars around the world.

When "Mars Attacks!" came out, I thought it was wildly flawed, but also entertaining and ridiculous and packed with details that made me sort of fall for it, flaws and all.  If I had to give "Mars Attacks!" a letter grade, it might not be a good one, but I own the film and I've seen it many times since that initial screening.

Often, I've noticed that when I really enjoy something that Tim Burton does, it makes other people mental and vice versa.  Knowing this, I am probably not the best barometer for most people on Burton's work.  All I can do is be honest and admit that, yes, "Dark Shadows" is one of those films where I see a lot of problems with it, and they pretty much don't matter to me because of what I enjoyed about it.  I think the overall effort is endearingly ridiculous, and here's a way to gauge your own expectations for the film:  how do you feel about "Death Becomes Her"?

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<p>Brendon and Rachel of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Brendon and Rachel of "The Amazing Race"

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Interview: Brendon & Rachel talk 'The Amazing Race'

'Big Brother' veterans discuss fighting and crying around the world
If the producers of "The Amazing Race" tuned in during the past two seasons of "Big Brother," they knew exactly what they were getting when they chose to cast Rachel Reilly and Brendon Villegas. 
 
Drama. Viewer-polarizing drama.
 
And the "Big Brother" lovebirds delivered in spades. There were tear-filled exchanges across Europe, a shouting match at an airport in Kenya and multiple threats, from each side, to quit.
 
Rachel & Brendon may reliably bring the high drama, but they've managed to achieve at a reasonably high level in all three of their reality TV seasons. Although they were middle-of-the-pack in "Big Brother 12," they came back one season later and despite a huge target from Day 1, Rachel managed to win "Big Brother 13." 
 
And although they didn't win a Leg on "The Amazing Race" this spring, they were consistently competitive and if not for a major clue-reading gaffe in Hawaii, they might have been in position to win in Sunday's (May 6) finale.
 
In their exit interview, Rachel & Brendon talk about crying, drama and about how their three reality TV experiences have proven that they're together for the long haul. 
 
Click through...

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Cee-Lo Green on 'The Voice'

Cee-Lo Green on 'The Voice'

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Recap: 'The Voice' final results. And the winner is...

Who won the second season of NBC's music competition show?

Well, this is it. After tonight we'll have our second ever winner of "The Voice."

Can that person expect more success in the industry than Javier Colon? Only time will tell, but based on what we've seen from the contenders so far... I'm not holding my breath.

Still, it could be a fun show. I can't even handle "American Idol" any more with those judges and the "talent" they've trotted out over the past few seasons, so all my eggs are in "The Voice's" basket.

Mistake? Let's find out...

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<p>A scene from Tuesday's &quot;Glee&quot;</p>

A scene from Tuesday's "Glee"

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Recap: 'Glee' - 'Prom-asaurus'

The show forgets about last week, and suddenly remembers about four other plots instead.
It’s not surprising that “Glee” dropped the Coach Beiste storyline like a hot potato, at least for this week. After all, who has time to deal with the serious issue of domestic abuse when there’s a dinosaur-themed prom that needs attention? “Prom-asaurus” is another unfortunately hyphenated title, but unlike “Saturday Night Glee-ver,” this one didn’t soar so much as lurch along. It wasn’t offensive, it wasn’t awful, it wasn’t good, it wasn’t coherent, it was just…there. It existed. This episode of television absolutely, positively existed.
 
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<p>In the &quot;New Girl&quot;&nbsp;finale, Nick (Jake Johnson)&nbsp;loses himself in the desert  while Winston (Lamorne Morris) &nbsp;and Schmidt (Max Greenfield) watch.</p>

In the "New Girl" finale, Nick (Jake Johnson) loses himself in the desert while Winston (Lamorne Morris)  and Schmidt (Max Greenfield) watch.

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Season finale review: 'New Girl' - 'See Ya'

Nick moves out, but somehow winds up in the desert

A review of the "New Girl" season finale coming up just as soon as I have a subscription to Cricket and a lot of PDFs...

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<p>&quot;New Girl&quot;&nbsp;creator Liz Meriwether with her star, Zooey Deschanel.</p>

"New Girl" creator Liz Meriwether with her star, Zooey Deschanel.

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Interview: 'New Girl' creator Liz Meriwether post-mortems season 1

The comedy went past adorkable to just plain good

"New Girl" wrapped up its first season tonight with an episode about the gang trying to talk Nick out of moving in with his ex-girlfriend. (I reviewed it here.) It was, on the whole, a strong first season for the comedy, particularly starting around the point where Dermot Mulroney showed up. I interviewed the show's creator, Liz Meriwether, about the learning curve that any first-year show goes through, what she learned about each of her characters, how she adjusted to losing Damon Wayans Jr's Coach after the pilot, and more. That's all coming up just as soon as I declare squatter's rights...

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<p>Digging the necktie, Eva. Don't ever change.</p>

Digging the necktie, Eva. Don't ever change.

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Watch: Eva Green on shooting her 'Dark Shadows' sex scene with Johnny Depp

One of the most striking women in film today does not disappoint in an interview

Shortly after our interview ended, Eva Green returned to her home planet, happy and ridiculously hot.

I love people like Eva Green.  I love actors who not only maintain a personal sense of style but who genuinely seem like they are tuned in to a private radio station, listening to music only they can hear.  I love them because we often see that individual personality come out in their work in ways that no one could predict.  They give performances that are alive in unexpected ways, and the films they are in are much richer for it.

Eva Green made a pretty serious impact on male moviegoers as soon as Bertolucci introduced her in "The Dreamers," and there is no doubt… she's a stunning woman.  As she's gotten older, though, what's become increasingly clear is that she is not really equipped to be part of the machine.  She's been in some big films, sure, but I don't get the sense that she has handed herself over, heart and soul, desperate to be a movie star.

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<p>Keane</p>

Keane

Interview: Keane is 'lucky' in a 'Strangeland'

Watch: Horror-themed 'Disconnected' and single 'Silenced by the Night'

Keane’s recent music video for new track “Disconnected” is a love-letter to horror films, a quick-and-dirty narrative that may compel the viewer to turn all the lights on.

The track itself? Nice and lovely.
 
“Well, the song is a bit about being disconnected from somebody,” said Keane drummer and co-founder Richard Hughes with a laugh. “We’re not feeling all that bad.”
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